Town & Country (Philippines) - - CONTENTS / SEPTEMBER DEPARTMENTS - By An­ton L. Del­gado

What to col­lect from Patek Philippe and Chopard.

In this in­ter­con­nected 24/7 world, keep­ing track of time has never been more cru­cial. We fly around the globe on per­sonal and pro­fes­sional busi­ness at a minute’s no­tice and con­duct con­ver­sa­tions and meet­ings on­line at all hours of the day, mak­ing

Patek Philippe’s newly re­designed World Time watch ex­tra ap­peal­ing.

The World Time watch, also com­monly re­ferred to as the Heure Uni­verselle, has re­mained one of the watch­maker’s most cov­eted com­pli­cated wrist­watches for al­most 80 years, but mod­ern times call for a few wel­come aes­thetic tweaks, such as a pierced hour hand de­signed to evoke the South­ern Cross con­stel­la­tion and a con­sid­er­ably slim­mer case.

Show­cas­ing all 24 world time zones at a glance on its sap­phire crys­tal face, the time­piece dis­plays the lo­cal time at your city of choice most promi­nently above the 12 o’clock ar­row. The re­main­ing 23 time zones can be read on the 24-hour ring that ro­tates coun­ter­clock­wise within the disc dis­play­ing the cities. This in­ge­nious func­tion­al­ity can be at­trib­uted to a 1930s in­ven­tion by Genevan watch­maker Louis Cot­tier. The user-friendly time­piece is only 3.88 mil­lime­ters thick, thanks to the de­sign of the wind­ing ro­tor, patented in 1977. This makes the com­plex in­ner-work­ings of the World Time watch more com­pact but equally as ca­pa­ble as pre­vi­ous mod­els. The in-house cal­iber 240 HU, an ul­tra-thin self-wind­ing me­chan­i­cal move­ment, guar­an­tees un­par­al­leled pre­ci­sion. green­belt 5, 756.0566.

ALL ArounD THE WorLD The patek philippe World Time watch is avail­able in 18-karat white gold and rose gold.

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